Thursday, March 2, 2023

Music History Today: March 3, 2023

March 3, 1973: Elton John scored his second Number 1 album in the US with Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player.
Elton John became a true superstar with 1972's Honky Chateau. He followed that album with Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, his most direct, pop-oriented album to date.

Elton John Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player album cover 
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The hits are remarkable. "Daniel" is a moving ballad, and "Crocodile Rock" is a sly take on '50s rock & roll. Several other album tracks, including "I'm Going to Be a Teenage Idol" and the rocking "Elderberry Wine," are as strong as anything John had recorded. 
Read more: Allmusic
March 3, 1962: Roy Orbison moved from Number 53 to 30 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)."
A non-album single, "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," was a big international hit for Roy Orbison, reaching number 2 on the Australian and the UK singles charts and number 4 on the US Billboard. It was also a top-ten hit in Canada and Norway. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 3, 1973: Slade became the first act to debut at Number 1 on the UK music chart since The Beatles with "Cum On Feel The Noize."
Slade performed loud, anthemic songs in flamboyant costumes, often with lots of makeup and energy.

 Glam rock was prominent in the UK in the mid-'70s, and "Cum On Feel The Noize"  was one of the genre's first hits. Most Americans know this song from the Quiet Riot cover, which went to Number 5 in 1983 and helped their album Metal Health become the first metal album to the top of the Billboard 200. 

Read more: Songfacts

March 3, 1984: "Don't Answer Me" by The Alan Parsons Project debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and climbed to Number 15.
Because The Alan Parsons Project did not perform live, an animated video featuring brief appearances of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons avatars during a bar scene was produced for "Don't Answer Me." This enabled the group to garner airplay and was nominated for a Most Experimental Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 3, 1986: The Metallica album "Master of Puppets" was released.
Even though Master of Puppets by Metallica didn't take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band's greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal's core audience.
Metallica album Master of Puppets
It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. 
Read more: Allmusic

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